Event Title

Pieces of Us: Songwriting Stories in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Location

Taylor 304, Madison Union, JMU

Start Date

4-6-2019 10:10 AM

Description

Storytelling is a way in which humans communicate their lives as narratives and understand the world around them. Storytelling through composing music allows students not only a means of personal expression, but also enhanced literacy skills, social skills, and understandings of basic musical concepts (e.g., Barrett & Stauffer, 2012; Kaschub & Smith, 2009). I will share a digital storybook of fifth grade students’ original songs that documents their processes of turning ideas into final products and examines their thoughts and words about songwriting and identity development. I will also share autoethnographic reflections on ways in which my identity as a musician and teacher (e.g., Dingfelder, 2011) has changed and developed by working with these students. My research adds to the existing literature on songwriting and composition by focusing on a more ethnically diverse group of students and examining the facet of identity.

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Apr 6th, 10:10 AM

Pieces of Us: Songwriting Stories in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Taylor 304, Madison Union, JMU

Storytelling is a way in which humans communicate their lives as narratives and understand the world around them. Storytelling through composing music allows students not only a means of personal expression, but also enhanced literacy skills, social skills, and understandings of basic musical concepts (e.g., Barrett & Stauffer, 2012; Kaschub & Smith, 2009). I will share a digital storybook of fifth grade students’ original songs that documents their processes of turning ideas into final products and examines their thoughts and words about songwriting and identity development. I will also share autoethnographic reflections on ways in which my identity as a musician and teacher (e.g., Dingfelder, 2011) has changed and developed by working with these students. My research adds to the existing literature on songwriting and composition by focusing on a more ethnically diverse group of students and examining the facet of identity.